Boris Johnson has warned the UK faces some ‘bumpy months’ ahead coping with the ongoing impact of coronavirus on the nation’s health and finances. As the Cabinet gathered for a face-to-face meeting for the first time since March, the Prime Minister also stressed the need to ‘get our economy moving’.
The symbolic meeting is an attempt by Downing Street to show it is safe to return to work. But in a sign of the changes forced on the country by the virus, the meeting took place in the Foreign Office’s grand Locarno Suite rather than the smaller Cabinet Room in 10 Downing Street. Ministers were required to remain at least a metre apart, hand sanitiser was available on entry and exit and they were all given individual water bottles rather than sharing jugs.
Opening the meeting, Mr Johnson said there will be ‘difficult months ahead for our people and our country but no-one will be without hope’. He added: ‘We will build back better and come through this crisis more strongly than ever before.
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